Changing Relationship Equations Between Student and Teacher

Guru Poornima is an auspicious day observed for paying gratitude to “Guru” – the one who guides us to our destiny by freeing us from ignorance and by instilling knowledge.

The word “Guru”, in reality, alludes to several people and experiences we learn from. A senior colleague at workplace who selflessly mentor peers in helping them achieve better career prospects is no less than sages who served their knowledge to the society.

A science teacher who teaches the functioning of a camera in parallel comparison to the God’s creation of human eye would serve our emotional and spiritual needs in a subliminal way without preaching religious texts. Such teachers make a lasting impact on our lives to restore faith in life.

These are some avatars of Gurus in modern life.

Teacher-Student relationship in Ancient India

The relationship that existed in the past between a Student and Teacher has always been of respect, devotion and loyalty. The Gurukula system of the past rendered Godly status to the Guru and the disciple is expected to serve the Guru and offer Guru Dakshina in return for the knowledge acquired from the Guru. A Guru’s words were revered as Veda Vakya, a final verdict on which a student never used to question him always believed it to be true and sincerely obeyed it.

Nature as a Teacher

The biography of Shri Narasimha Saraswati (an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya) is written into a sacred script called “Shri Guru Charitra”. The book is assumed to be written in a village in Karnataka known as Kadaganchi by the 15th-16th century. Here the author lists 24 teachers from mother nature and their learnings.

One among the 24 Gurus is the Moth – deceived by its senses, it runs to the fire in misunderstanding which kills it. If we learn from the moth, you should question your senses, question what others are telling you, question what you see, know senses can deceive and seek reason, says the author.

In today’s scenario, who does the student have in company to share his thoughts, ideas, doubts, questions and anxieties?

Teacher-Student scenario today

Today, neither the relationship between a Guru and disciple is same nor teaching-learning process happens in the old way. If there is something that has remained unchanged then it is the respect that a student has towards a Guru.

The current needs of a student are different from the past. The success of a child’s academics depends on the child’s ability coupled with parent attention and quality of teaching. A busy parent today has less time to spend with her child and in many such cases kids have an unexpressed need for emotional fulfilment. Hence, a teacher is expected to be a lot friendlier with students in getting them emotionally settled.

Students need teachers who make them feel comfortable in speaking out their mind, opening up with their doubts, asking clarifications when they are unable to understand some difficult concepts and to get justifications for all concepts in all fields. At e-kali we factor this while choosing our tutors.


One-to-One teaching as an enabler

At e-kali we follow 3 fundamental principles:

  • Student- Teacher Compatibility,
  • Individual Attention and
  • Realistic Expectations

We believe that teacher-student compatibility is crucial for the learning to be effective. One-to-one sessions at e-kali provide students the environment to fearlessly ask questions without the risk of being judged by peer learners. We work closely with parents to be able to partner with them in providing a safe, interesting and valuable learning experience for the child.

Would you like to meet our student friendly teachers? If yes, then go ahead and book a free demo for your child today.



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